Gov. Brown touts California’s ‘rendezvous with destiny’

Jan. 25, 2013

By Katy Grimes

SACRAMENTO — “Have no fear, everything is just fine in California.” At least that’s what people in and around the State Capitol were telling me after listening to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address yesterday, which I attended in person.

“California has once again confounded our critics,” Brown himself said in the address. “Against those who take pleasure singing of our demise, California did the impossible.”

Promises, promises

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Brown promised to follow through with High-Speed Rail, promised to build the 30-mile water tunnels through the Delta, held steadfast on his stance that California continue the lonely pursuit of curbing “climate change” (formerly called global warming), promised to implement Obamacare and said low-income students would be receiving extra funding under his budget this year.

“I salute the unions — their members and their leaders,” Brown said. And he saluted the Legislature for passing some of the most repressive, restrictive legislation in the state’s history.

But after his address, some people said that what Brown left out was disturbing. The governor did not talk about how to improve job growth in the private sector, reduce regulations on business, attract business to the state or even commit to spending the newly passed Proposition 30 tax revenue entirely on education.

He instead gave a little history lesson on the state.

“Remember how California began,” Brown said. “In 1769, under King Charles III, orders were issued to Jose de Galvez, the Visitor General of Baja California, to: ‘Occupy and fortify San Diego and Monterey for God and the King of Spain.´”

The economy of business

While many California business owners report that they are seriously considering moving to other states, some made the move already. The governor’s address did nothing to quell their fears of more tax increases, overwhelming regulatory burdens and increases in government size and spending.

“As legislators, it is your duty and privilege to pass laws,” Brown said. “Constantly expanding the coercive power of government by adding each year so many minute prescriptions to our already detailed and turgid legal system overshadows other aspects of public service.”

But Brown signed 800 more bills into law last year, and 1,000 the previous year. While he does use his veto pen liberally, he still signs some questionable bills into law, and in vast quantities.

Brown again insisted that his 2013-14 budget is balanced. “The budget is balanced but great risks and uncertainties lie ahead,” he said. “The federal government, the courts or changes in the economy all could cost us billions and drive a hole in the budget. The ultimate costs of expanding our health care system under the Affordable Care Act are unknown. Ignoring such known unknowns would be folly, just as it would be to not pay down our wall of debt. That is how we plunged into a decade of deficits.”

Green jobs, and government help

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, said he was glad Brown wants the state to live within its means. “But as the governor of this state, I expected to hear him say something about the 3 million people out of work,” Donnelly said. “Instead, I heard ‘occupy and fortify.'”

Brown talked of the “ignorance and prejudice” in the state’s history. But Donnelly asked, “What about the prejudice against businesses?”

Donnelly shared a recent conversation with a successful Sacramento area business owner, who said in frustration, “I don’t have to be in this state.”  Donnelly said the business owner described the government as being “a silent partner” in his business, because of the repressive regulations, taxes, fees and hostile relations with government state agencies.

“California lost 1.3 million jobs in the Great Recession, but we are coming back at a faster pace than the national average,” Brown said. “The new Office of Business and Economic Development — GoBiz — directly assisted more than 5,000 companies this past year.”

GoBiz never met a green job it didn’t like, as the office appears to prefer companies in the renewable-energy arena.

Brown confirmed that he is continuing California’s lonely quest to lead the world in controlling climate change. “According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years,” Brown said.

But one legislator said he can’t believe that Brown is still using such worn out rhetoric on a man-made issue.

“I’ve got 31,000 scientists, including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in science, who say that the earth’s temperature is not warmer, man is not causing it, and the earth’s temperature hasn’t increased in 16 years,” said Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville. “Even Time magazine agreed with this. Why are we the only state in the entire country doing this?”

California poverty

Logue said Brown should instead have focused on the high poverty rate in the state. “California has a poverty rate of 23.5 percent, the highest in the nation by far,” said Logue.

California’s rate of 23.5 percent is much higher than the national average of 16.1 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  The next closest state is Florida, with 19.5 percent poverty.

The census report said the high poverty rate was driven in part by California’s high cost of living.

When Brown warned about global warming, he said, “Some of you will be around for that. I won’t.” While he got laughs, the facts don’t measure up.

Brown mentioned Spain during his address, but should look at Spain’s economic crash after buying into green energy and green jobs. Spain ended up paying $775,000 for every green job they created actually lost 2.2 jobs for every green job created. If accounted for, the cost of the lost jobs would increase the real cost dramatically — and the lost tax revenues, and the increased demand for government assistance.

Logue said green policies pushed industry out of Spain, as is happening in California. “Perhaps that’s what’s creating California’s increased poverty,” Logue said.

More promises

Brown is standing firm on the plan to build two massive tunnels through the Delta to carry water to the Southland.

“My proposed plan is two tunnels 30 miles long and 40 feet wide, designed to improve the ecology of the Delta, with almost 100 square miles of habitat restoration,” said Brown. “Yes, that is big but so is the problem.”

“He says he’s getting water to where we need it in the state,” Donnelly said. “But where is water for the farmers? We’re giving water to the fish.”

High-Speed Rail, as expected, was on Brown’s agenda. Especially since he is counting on it to be a substantial part of his legacy. “I signed the original High-Speed Rail Authority in 1982 — over 30 years ago,” Brown said. “The first phase of the project will be built from Madera to Bakersfield before extending through the Tehachapi Mountains to Palmdale. The first rail line through those mountains was built in 1874 and its top speed over the crest is still 24 miles an hour. Then we will build another 33 miles of tunnels and bridges before we get the train to its destination at Union Station in the heart of Los Angeles.”

Brown wrapped up his speech telling the story of “The Little Engine that Could.”

“We all know the story of ‘The Little Engine that Could,’” said Brown, to applause from legislators. “The big engines were asked to haul the freight train over the mountain. They said, ‘can’t do it.’ They asked another, ‘can’t do it.’… The little train said, ‘I think I can.’ And so the engine pulled the long line of freight cars and started puffing away, ‘I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. And over the mountain, the little engine went. We’re going to get over that mountain. I have no doubt about it.”

Brown spoke about High-Speed Rail in China and Spain. “Even Morocco is building one,” Brown said, as a reason why we need the train system in California. “It is bold but so is everything else about California.”

“We — right here in California — have such a rendezvous with destiny,” Brown said, referring to a famous line from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “All around us we see doubt and skepticism about our future and that of America’s. But what we have accomplished together these last two years, indeed, the whole history of California, belies such pessimism.”

The coming months will tell whether the revenues he hopes for come in and fund the schools, High-Speed Rail, the Delta tunnels and his other dreams. Or if California’s tax and regulatory burden has become so high that revenue will disappoint and the deficits will return — with a vengeance.

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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 25 January, 2013, 10:22

    Everything is just fine with an unemployment rate the worst in the nation and a combined unfunded pension debt at nearly a trillion dollars.
    “We have confounded our critics”. Yeh, the state is much worse than any critic could have possibly imagined.
    Hondo…..

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  2. Bubba
    Bubba 25 January, 2013, 10:32

    The name says it all…..Gov. Moonbeam!

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  3. us citizen
    us citizen 25 January, 2013, 12:58

    What the hell is this guy smoking!!!??? He just keeps coming up with these delusions of grandeur.

    We will have flying cars before this train to no where is ever finished.

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  4. BobA
    BobA 25 January, 2013, 14:13

    They don’t call him Governor Moonbeam for nothing. Maybe it’s all that LSD, peyote, magic magic mushrooms and Acapulco gold in his system from the 60s reacting with morning glass of prune juice and bran muffin.

    Jerry Brown is still floating around up there somewhere on cloud nine flying around on his magic carpet while staring at his lava lamp and playing the Frank Zappa song “Theme From Burnt Weeny Sandwich” backwards and listening to the subliminal messages from the purple & orange polka dot space aliens from the 5 dimension.

    The man’s a real looney tune and you have got to be smoking crack to believe a word of what he says!!

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  5. double l
    double l 25 January, 2013, 17:49

    Have we been scammed big time? They haven’t collected much money yet from Prop. 30 and now all of a sudden Sacramento is rolling in dough. From dire straits to a royal flush, somebody has been lying through their clenched teeth and smiling all the while. They must think we are so gullible that we will bend over and grab our ankles. There will be a day of reckoning when the liberal voters finally wake up.

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  6. ted229
    ted229 25 January, 2013, 19:09

    He really said this quote:

    ““As legislators, it is your duty and privilege to pass laws,” “Constantly expanding the coercive power of government”

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 January, 2013, 20:46

    “California has once again confounded our critics,” Brown himself said in the address. “Against those who take pleasure singing of our demise, California did the impossible.”
    ==
    Clown is a nut

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 January, 2013, 04:23

    NEW: Gov. Brown touts California’s ‘rendezvous with destiny
    ==
    bk

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  9. More like Rendezvous with Campaign Donors
    More like Rendezvous with Campaign Donors 26 January, 2013, 10:11

    Why does the news media portray Jerry Brown as an intellectual philosopher without mentioning that he is a politician? Look at some of his 2014 campaign donors, please, and salute all of them!

    http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1333789&session=2011&view=received

    http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1333789&view=received&session=2009

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  10. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 26 January, 2013, 21:39

    Yes, he is smart–like a fox. He is the one up there in Sacramento running this state, and what are all of you doing, except, pointing fingers and calling names like a childhood, playground bully! I don’t call him, “Moonbeam”. You call him that. He likes it by the way–Mike Royko gave him the name, and he cherishes it–so sorry.

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  11. Donkey
    Donkey 27 January, 2013, 08:07

    SeeSaw, you are traveling on the same train of oblivian and unconsciousness as JB.

    When I read responses like yours it sheds light upon all the bad experiments that governments have done throughout the ages,communism, nazism, socialism, authoritarians, and the type of individuals who supported those actions.

    Stop drinking the cool-aid my friend, step back and survey what is going on around you. Stop by a local elementary school and listen to the indocturnation that is taking place, instead of learning to learn.

    He is not “smart-like a fox,” he is a sad example of uninformed citizens making very poor choices. I have been posting these words from Carl Sagan lately: “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
    ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    My dear love SeeSaw, you are being bamboozled, and as much as you are captured by the power of the RAGWUS, it is going to end badly, need I mention Greece. 🙂

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  12. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 January, 2013, 09:30

    SeeSaw says: :
    Yes, he is smart–like a fox. He is the one up there in Sacramento running this state, and what are all of you doing, except, pointing fingers and calling names like a childhood, playground bully!

    seesaw will you please take your lips off of Clowns posterior for just 2 seconds please 😉

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  13. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 27 January, 2013, 09:49

    We are blessed to have a wise and brave leader in this Gov!!!

    …….and he is correct……one step at a time he is rebuilding!!!!

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  14. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 January, 2013, 13:54

    Teddy, you cannot build the Empire State Building “one step at a time” unless you want to spend the next century taking baby steps.

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  15. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 27 January, 2013, 13:55

    My dear love SeeSaw, you are being bamboozled, and as much as you are captured by the power of the RAGWUS, it is going to end badly, need I mention Greece
    ==
    Donk, you are sooooo correct.

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  16. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 27 January, 2013, 15:59

    double l says:
    January 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm
    Have we been scammed big time? They haven’t collected much money yet from Prop30. There will be a day of reckoning when the liberal voters finally wake up.
    ===================
    The people of California have spoken so get over it double1!! Please tell me where the scam is.This is just one example of how prop30 is working and was the right choice!!!!!!

    Mt. SAC adds 130 classes as a result of Prop. 30 funds
    WALNUT – The number of likes on the Mt. SAC Facebook page reached 778 in one week, and that doesn’t count the scattering of happy faces and exclamation points. Students on the site were reacting to a college-generated post announcing it will add 130 classes for the spring semester due to a bump in funding of between $800,000 and $1 million as a result of Proposition 30.
    In student terms, it could mean the difference between staying another year or graduating and moving on to a four-year school.

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  17. Hondo
    Hondo 27 January, 2013, 21:48

    NTHEOC: My dad graduated from mt sac a million years ago with an associates degree. But that was in the 50’s and there were plenty of jobs. So what good is a degree with an unemployment rate at 9.8%. Part time work at Starbucks?
    We don’t need any more education, we got plenty of collage grads waiting tables. We need tax cuts so more small businesses can hire more people. But what do I know, having survived in the private sector for my adult life.
    Hondo…

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  18. Ftheunions
    Ftheunions 27 January, 2013, 22:58

    Honda is absolutely right! We don’t need any more college grads–although the education bureaucracy and colleges and universities would like you to believe that we do. There are plenty of college grads stll waiting for that job that was promised only if you “go to college.” And what good is that degree anyhow if everybody has one? If everybody “goes to college” as the politicians often proclaim as a goal, what we undoubtedly end up with is a very watered-down education. Or maybe I should say an even more watered-down education. As for you Seesaw, I’m not even sure what to make of you anymore other than to dismiss your words as those of a lifelong government employee. Your love for this clown is as laughable as your unwillingness to be critical of him because he is the one “running this state.”

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  19. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 28 January, 2013, 06:47

    ftheunions— you are correct— college does not equal innovation which does not equal economic boost in a capitalist post industrial/industrial society.

    Gee—- you are so smart. Did you vote for Ron Paul or Mitt? Mmmmmmmmmmmm

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  20. Ftheunions
    Ftheunions 28 January, 2013, 19:27

    Once again Teddy, you missed the point. I’m not talking about college for those who truly value and cherish the opportunity. I’m referring to the college for all mentality that you probably espouse. Again, college for all results in watered down education–which you yourself have proven time and again.

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  21. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 28 January, 2013, 20:11

    LOL— Yes— you’re right!

    Only college for “some”.
    Great idea.
    and
    I think that you and your teabaggy buddies ought to decide who should go.

    Let me just quote your post……”We don’t need any more college grads”….
    God Bless Ya little buddy, I know you try hard and are probably doing the best you can….but….wow…….that is one dullard thing to say!

    LOL

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  22. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 28 January, 2013, 20:12

    hey ftheunions—- so…. who was it……Mitt or Ronnie Paul??? LOL bwahahahahaha

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  23. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 28 January, 2013, 20:38

    Ftheunions says:

    January 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Once again Teddy, you missed the point.
    ==
    T-Unions, try ramming your head into a brick wall, that will give you less brain damage then trying to reason with the mental midget Teddy 😉

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  24. Ron Kilmartin
    Ron Kilmartin 28 January, 2013, 21:45

    California’s rendezvous with destiny: Dante’s Inferno.

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  25. Ftheunions
    Ftheunions 28 January, 2013, 22:01

    Yes Teddy, college for some! Not college for all. Why is it so hard to understand. Oh, I know, you were likely once the beneficiary on a last place team that was awarded trophies of equal size to that of the first place team in the interest of your feelings. It’s okay Teddy, it’s not your fault–you never learned how to think, only how to feel! And I don’t propose that anyone choose who goes to college. I propose only that admission be merit based so that next time you see a doctor, you aren’t treated by someone who made it through on a “college for all” provision. Mental midget indeed.

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  26. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 29 January, 2013, 20:52

    LOL— ftheunions—-you’re right—–“some people” shouldn’t and won’t get ahead……..you’re right—– it’s natural——– you would have loved Germany in 1938 or the USSR in 1958! Mmmmmmm

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  27. Ftheunions
    Ftheunions 29 January, 2013, 21:40

    Teddy,
    I merely propose freedom and equality in opportunity. What you propose is equality in results, as if we were all equal in ambition and intellect.

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  28. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 30 January, 2013, 20:32

    LOL— So what’s your plan to dish out the power, ah, I mean education, to who?

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  29. Marten Purdy the metroman
    Marten Purdy the metroman 1 February, 2013, 12:52

    Brown promised to follow through:
    One who misleads voters by delivering promises that are next to impossible to keep because Americans are too stupid to realize how these promises really “work” SEE: Watch the debates and read the papers for both sides of the story dumbass AND: There are two sides stop believing the one that SOUNDS the best withought knowing info.

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